MEDIA ADVISORY: Purdue Extension to hold news conference, availability on drought

July 3, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension will host a news conference and media availability on the drought Thursday (July 5) at 9:30 a.m. EST in the Normandy Barn on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Corn specialist BOB NIELSEN will report on the condition of the Indiana corn crop during its critical period of pollination, and agricultural economist CHRIS HURT will give yield projections for corn and soybeans and report on the drought's potential economic impact.

The news conference, to be led by James Mintert, assistant director of Extension, will run until about 10:10 a.m. A mult box will be provided.

The Normandy Barn is on the north end of the fairgrounds off 42nd Street. There is free parking near the building.

Following the news conference, Nielsen and Hurt will be among Extension specialists available for individual interviews until 10:50 a.m. Others include:

* Shaun Casteel (Department of Agronomy, soybeans).

* Jim Camberato (Agronomy, soil fertility).

* Ron Lemenager (Department of Animal Sciences, beef and ruminants).

* Tamilee Nennich (Animal Sciences, dairy).

* Christian Krupke (Department of Entomology, insect pest management in field crops.

* Kiersten Wise (Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, field crop diseases).

In addition, two representatives from the Indiana State Climate Office, based at Purdue University, will be available to provide information on the weather. They are Austin Pearson and Kayla Hudson, student research assistants. 

Contact: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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